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Mahopac Lower Level

Simply stated, this basement was taken to another level.
Just don't call me basement anymore...

Scarsdale Master Suite

Probably our master bathroom with the most storage room, and one of the brightest, most spacious as well...

Chappaqua Wine Cellar

This rather small basement features a passive wine cellar, meaning no refrigeration is needed to keep the proper temperature and humidity level. Over 1000 bottles can be stored here, without having to worry of a prolonged power failure that could spoil a typical refrigerated wine cellar. Did we also mention the energy savings?

South Salem Kitchen

A fairly easy project, keeping the same existing foot print.  One of our favorite unique features of the kitchen is the antique, reclaimed and re-milled, random width white oak hardwood floor. Even more impressing is the local artist custom paintwork on the tiled backsplash above the range.


Yorktown Heights Master Suite

Let the pictures do the talking!

The entire cabinetry was designed and custom-built in-house by Absolute Remodeling cabinet makers.

                                         Cover, March 2007  


"Westchester builder Sylvain Côté turns his expertise to his own home, creating a model for green building design and energy efficiency."
by Judith Hausman.
New York House
magazine, March '07.

Published by House Media Network




Unveiling Our New Logo

In my opinion, we were long overdue for a new image, one that really reflect what we're all about.
I personally wish to thank Debbie Orifici of  PASS  for the outstanding result, a logo that says it all.

Thank you Debbie!



Introducing our new
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Notes to local residents and neighbors with wet basements due to the
April 15th 2007 record breaking Nor'easter storm, which dumped over 8" of rain.



Our Homes Are Killing Us, Slowly.  - Really.

Please read on:  Research shows environmental illness is caused by the human-made environment.  Illnesses from indoor pollution include asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical sensitivity and electromagnetic sensitivity, lupus, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis among others.

During the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in patients with the aforementioned illnesses.  A culprit may be formaldehyde, which is more hazardous than most chemicals in 7 out of 12 rankings according to a pollution information web site,

According to another source, most people spend around 90% of their time indoors where the air is up to 10 times more polluted than outside.  So it may not be surprising that 1/2 of all illnesses are related to poor indoor air quality, now often refers to as IAQ.

Ready for scary facts?  Here's just two of them, as reported by the the American Lung Associaton:

- More than 50 percent of Americans are not aware that poor indoor air quality is one of the top five most urgent environmental risks to public health. And nearly 25 percent of Americans are not concerned about the air quality in their homes and the impact it can have on their family’s health.

- Less than 20 percent of Americans believe that the air inside their homes is more polluted than the air outdoors. However, the Environmental Protection Agency states that levels of air pollution inside the home can be two to five times higher — and occasionally up to 100 times higher — than outdoor levels.

Most buildings today contain a broad range of harmful substances that are only used because they are cheap or easy to work with but that most of us would not want to go anywhere near, much less spend months and years of our lives living and working near.

The simplest ways to make our homes safer is to limit or eliminate the use of products that contain VOC's, Volatile Organic Compounds.  Many products like paints, adhesives, and carpets contain VOC's, which in addition to the long tem illnesses mentioned earlier, will irritate the eyes, nose and throat, as well as cause headaches, nausea, nerve problems and yes, the ugly 'C' word, cancer.   Many, if not most our common household cleaning products, are also a great treat to your health, so going green in that department as well is very easy;  there are already several companies doing so, like Shaklee.

But let's face it, there is only but so much on how can realistically and practically control 100% of our indoor environment without having to rip out our homes, old or new.  The good news is there are relatively easy steps you can take to dramatically improve your IAQ,

Please joint the growing numbers of Absolute Remodeling clients who understand the immeasurable benefits of adding a simple mechanical ventilation system, also refers to as an HRV or ERV, respectively standing for Heat Recovery Ventilator and Energy Recovery Ventilator.  A whole-house HEPA filter system is also a great complement.

There's but so much you can do regarding outdoor air pollution and the way food is grown today, but there is a lot you can do inside your home.  Old or new, no homes should be without such a lifesaving device.  There is no need to wait until they are made mandatory by government agencies, like it is already so in Canada.

On a personal note, I am getting sick (no punt intended) of seeing personal friends and hearing of acquaintances dying of cancer when they are only in their 40's, 30's, and now even in the 20's.  I am absolutely convinced that adding such a simple piece of equipment will not only make you healthier, but wealthier, in many more ways than we realize...  Prices varies between 5 and 6000, depending on the difficulties of retrofitting them.  Contact us today for a consultation.  Make sure to follow all links for much more information, research and facts.
Please Read More From The
Environmental Protection Agency



Westchester County expands list of shady contractors

In April, the department and county police arrested 16 people, including two who were already on the list, for violating the licensing laws. Detectives posed as homeowners and sought out unlicensed contractors willing to work on a vacant house in Yorktown.  Bravo!  Read More

Sting nets scores of illegal contractors in Ridgefield, CT.

Similar story, this time in Connecticut.   More than 150 contractors working illegally in the region were caught by state and local investigators as part of a four-month-long sting operation.  Read More



Green Is Glam

Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, just to name a few, are going green...
Sara Lamia, who speaks to builders nationally about how to attract and satisfy today's homebuyer with the right product and service, wrote this column for Green Builder in the March 2007 issue.
She says that some pretty big stars are making the concept of green suddenly glamorous, and that green doesn't mean sacrifice; It means comfort, health clean air, clean water, low operating expenses, and doing the right thing.  Right on Sara.
To read the short story, you will need to click on the link above and download a PDF file.  Click on the "archive" link, then on March 2007 issue, and finally after downloading the file, choose the page 50 to page 56 file, view page 54.  The process is a bit cumbersome...





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Are you aware that your recently completed project became "Our Working Showroom"* and you have become "Our Best Salesperson"?

When your support results into a signed project with us, we will show our gratitude to those who recommend us and to those of you who open their doors to let one of our prospective customers see "the Working Showroom"*.

We'll send you to dinner at one of Westchester's premiere restaurants, Peter Pratt's Inn, on us! (A $100 value.  Good for a la carte dining, Tuesdays to Sundays).

Peter Pratt's Inn was recently awarded a four star rating by Gerry Dawes, a writer for The Journal News.  You can find out more by visiting the web site, Peter Pratt's  You'll be able to review the menu and wine list, and even get directions. We recommend printing the map.

Bon Appetit!

*What WE call a "Working Showroom" is an actual, real, functional project (i.e.: kitchen, bathroom) that has been built around existing conditions, restrictions and obstructions, as opposed to those setup showrooms found in retailer's displays where the only limitation is the designer's imagination!



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